Wood Packaging Materials

Concern over invasive species, especially at the moment the emerald ash borer (EAB), is driving a move to require phytosanitary treatments for all WPM domestic or international.  The initial assumption was to simply require heat treatment for all domestic WPM.  However concern, backed up by initial study, has raised doubts about the efficacy of the 56OC/30 minute ISPM 15 HT requirement in relation to the EAB.  A study published by the Entomological Society of America indicates that the current HT requirements result in substantial survival rates but that a temperature of 60OC may achieve the desired results.  To review the paper

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